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  • .facebook_807622042 Steel City Brewing - Steel City haven't been back in the brewhouse since Troika, which should be doing the rounds now, but have been busy with collaborations.
  • 1872 new clip Elland Brewery - Elland 1872 Porter was recently named 'Champion Winter Beer of Britain' for second time in three years and a few days ago Maureen and Neil at the Junction pub in Castleford found themselves hosting another award ceremony.
  • American-Five-Hop-1.2 Blue Bee - April was a busy month for us at Blue Bee Brewery and May looks like it is set to continue that way. American 5 Hop Version II proved very popular so this month sees American 5 Hop Version III (4.3%) hitting bars across Sheffield and beyond.
  • Abbeydale Corruption Abbeydale Brewery - Firstly, if you cannot wait for our Sunfest at the Rising Sun (9-12 July) we would be delighted to see you at the Sheffield Breweries Co-Operative tent at Sheffield Food Festival.
  • Marstons buys Thwaites beer brands - Daniel Thwaites PLC has exchanged contracts to sell the major part of its’ beer business to Marston’s PLC: the businesses that sell and wholesale beers to the independent free trade, national pub companies, wholesalers, supermarkets and export.
  • Exit 33 Brewery - One of the brewery’s popular brews from last year, the single hop session ale Mosaic makes a return for the next few months.
  • Stancill Brewery - Stancill's latest beer is 'Stainless', a pale hoppy number late hopped with Cascade offering a bitter hit and a distinctive aftertaste that makes the beer great with spicy food - as customers at the Castle Inn's curry night discovered to their pleasure!
  • choc stout Abbeydale Brewery - First up, I'm sure the Beer Matters team were suitably red-faced when they realised they forgot our submission from last months issue! I'm sure we won't remind you of it (much!) ;).
  • seige ipa Sheffield Brewery Company - Sheffield Brewery are known for their range of good quality, easy drinking session beers, however their new CAMRA Brewery Liaison Officer, Gavin Kieran, suggested they brewed a rather more hoppy IPA.
  • Wai-iti Acorn Brewery - A couple of special beers for April; St. George's Best(newdesign) St Georges Best 4.6% Deep golden/amber coloured beer with sweet roast malts, good bitterness levels and a delicate citrus aroma. Wai-iti Wai-iti IPA 5% 11th in our next range of IPA's featuring New Zealand & Australian Hops. Rich Golden coloured ale with a smooth bitterness and an array of Citrus aromas mainly of Mandarin, Lemon and zesty Lime.

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Festivals

Below is a guide to events in or near Sheffield that we are aware of over the next few weeks.

Mallard St George’s beer festival

Thu 23 – Sun 26 Apr

The Mallard pub at Worksop railway station present one of their regular beer festivals with a cellar bar opened up serving an additional range of real ales and cider. Worksop is a half hour train ride from Sheffield with Northern Rail, trains at least every hour.

Philadelphia Blues

Fri 1 – Sat 2 May

The annual festival brought to you by Sax Bob that features blues music accompanied by real ale.  The venue is CADS (Cultural Arts Development Space) on Snow Lane in Shalesmoor, located a couple of minutes walk from Shakespeare’s and the Kelham Island Tavern or 5 minutes walk from Shalesmoor tram stop.

Set in the industrial quarter of Sheffield The Philadelphia Beer and Blues Festival offers locally sourced real ales named on a blues theme plus ciders,wine, cans,bbq,vegetarian food,artwork and cards. Showcasing some of the most exciting Blues Bands around, the Great Hall is a cavernous industrial space complete with stage,mammoth sound system and professional stage lighting. The Philadelphia name is taken from the Old Philadelphia area of Sheffield which is adjacent. The Festival will open at 3pm daily £6 admission and in addition to bands and times on the poster,there will be semi acoustic blues from 3:30 pm. Last orders will be midnight.

There will also be live music in a number of the real ale pubs nearby around Kelham Island, Neepsend and Hillsborough on the weekend and passouts will be available from the main venue at CADS for those wanting to also do the pubs.

Elsecar steam railway (Barnsley CAMRA)

Fri 1 – Mon 4 May

A beer tent full of real ale and cider in the yard of the railway station at Elsecar heritage Centre. Food, music and a tombola also features. Trains will run at their normal times and tickets are sold in the normal way if you want to combine beer and trains.

Hill Top Sports & Social Club

Fri 1 – Sun 3 May

Dronfield CAMRA’s Club of the Year hosts its annual beer festival, open to the general public, Featuring an expanded range of real ales, all on handpump. Each day there is a different theme of entertainment. Friday the festival opens at 3pm with live music in the evening, Saturday open all day from midday with a family disco from 5pm and on Sunday again a midday opening with a quiz and bingo in the evening.

The club is on Longacre Road in Dronfield Hill Top, buses 43/43A stop nearby.

University of Sheffield Student Union Beer & Cider Festival

Fri 1 – Sun 3 May

80+ real ales, ciders, German beer and Gin! Open to the public and free entry to all. German theme Friday night, Sheffield theme Saturday and Sunday is Pig & Cider day.

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Awards

  • IMG_0960 Pub of the Year - At the recent branch AGM, the winners of our Pub and Club of the Year competitions were announced by outgoing branch Chairman Alan Gibbons.
  • IMG_6056 National Club of the Year - CAMRA recently announced the winner of their National Club of the Year Competition as Wortley Men's Club, which beat off competition from over 28,000 clubs nationwide.
  • Exposed Awards - Exposed Magazine presented their Sheffield awards on the 12th March and a number of real ale outlets won awards. ‘Best Traditional Pub’ went to the Fat Cat, ‘Best New Bar’ went to the Beer House Micropub, ‘Best New Restaurant’ went to Anchorage. Best local Brewery was awarded to Kelham Island Brewery.
  • Steel City Beer Awards - Several teams of judges blind tasted all the beers in the festival by category on the opening night. The category winners were then judged against one another to produce an overall winner.
  • OffLicenceNewsAwards Best beer off in the North! - The country’s best beer retailers were honoured at the inaugural Celebrate British beer Awards held at the House of Commons last night.
  • POTS WINTER14-15 MINERS ARMS HUNDALL Pub of the Season Winter 2014/15 - Our Dronfield & District sub branch have voted the Miners Arms at Hundall as the winner of their Winter Pub of the Season award.
  • Anglers Rest DPOTY July presentations - A select crowd headed out to the Anglers Rest at Millers Dale for the presentation of our District Pub of the Year award.
  • gate troway Dronfield Pub of the Season Summer 2014 - Members of our Dronfield & District sub-branch have voted to award their Summer Pub of the Season to the Gate Inn at Troway.
  • P1020749 Pub of the Month May 2014 Presentation - The Closed shop team were presented with their winners certificate on an enjoyable evening that also featured a beer festival, games and a chip butty based buffet.

Shop News

  • IMG_20150410_105919 Hop Hideout expands - After 16 months trading within Vintedge on Abbeydale Road, the award winning Hop Hideout has moved location to an independent neighbouring shop at 448 Abbeydale Road; nestled alongside the original unit in the Antiques Quarter.
  • OffLicenceNewsAwards Best beer off in the North! - The country’s best beer retailers were honoured at the inaugural Celebrate British beer Awards held at the House of Commons last night.
  • DSCF1873 The Beer Stop @ Dronfield - In addition to a number of very good pubs, a new craft beer off licence has opened in Dronfield in December
  • beer-central sds proper logo Beer Central celebrates first anniversary - “The bells were ringing in Beer Central last month as they celebrated their first birthday on the 25th November.
  • HopHideout Hop Hideout celebrates first birthday - Sheffield based specialist beer shop, Hop Hideout, is celebrating its first anniversary after opening its doors in November last year.
  • DSC_0494 Beer Central - Beer Central have just celebrated their first six months of trading down in the Moor Market and continue to sell an excellent range of bottles, cans, mini-kegs and gift boxes.
  • img_2604 New Sheffield beer shops - StarmoreBoss (above) is a new boutique and bespoke off-license retailing specialist quality wine, craft beer and intriguing spirits.

Other News

  • Worksop & Retford Brewery story continues - Local Sheffield CAMRA members, Dave Pickersgill and John Stocks gave an illustrated talk, 'The Worksop and Retford Brewery,' at The Station Hotel, Worksop on Thursday 26th March.
  • beer-master-standing-cropped Win a year’s worth of beer with our “Beer Master’s Tache” competition - This year’s Great British Beer Festival will be hosted by the BEER MASTER, who has used all of his extensive knowledge to select more than 900 of the best beers, ciders and perries from Britain and overseas.
  • DSC_0494 Beer Central - Beer Central have just celebrated their first six months of trading down in the Moor Market and continue to sell an excellent range of bottles, cans, mini-kegs and gift boxes.

Pub News

  • STITCH half pint marathon The Half Pint Marathon - A collaboration between Thornbridge Brewery and Forum Cafe Bars LTD will have you reaching for your (half) pint glass this spring.
  • Tap & Barrel - The Tap & Barrel on Waingate in Sheffield City Centre is under new management. Real Ale has been introduced to the bar and food is on its way too. This pub is described as a down to earth, good honest boozer frequented by a good mix of people from all walks of life.
  • Three Merry Lads, Lodge Moor - Staff at The Three Merry Lads pub in Lodge Moor, Sheffield will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest BBQ Marathon as a team.
  • old hall lounge Old Hall Hotel, Hope - The Old Hall Hotel at Hope suffered a serious fire on Friday 10th April, thought to be caused by a fault on the deep fat fryer which saw the extractor fan blow a fireball up into the roof space.
  • beer engine pumps The Beer Engine - The Beer Engine on Cemetery Road/London Road is now open and already proving a hit amongst beer drinkers.
  • The-Manor-House-photos-Exterior-Außenansicht Manor House Hotel, Dronfield - The Manor House Hotel have announced their plans for Three Valleys Festival on Saturday 6th June
  • RSNG_Aug_2007 Rising Sun, Nether Green - By the time you are reading this our new management team at The Rising Sun should be nicely settled in, and we are delighted to have Ryan and Nicole on board, and we look forward to a long and successful future together.
  • Question Time Three Tuns, Dronfield - A busy time at the Three Tuns in Dronfield, as you read this the Cheese festival that features platters of various exotic varieties of cheese will have just finished and coming up on the 30th April the pub is hosting Dronfield's Question time event where prospective local MPs will be present to answer questions from voters - with the beer and comfort the pub offers!
  • CAMRA DISCOUNT STICKER Ball Inn, Crookes - The Ball Inn is now offering a discount for CAMRA members, just show your card before ordering and they will apply the discount. The Ball has 14 real ale pumps with local beers.
  • 2123417_2de34b08 Castle Inn, Bradway - Our new Italian inspired menu starts on 1st May and we’ll be stocking a range of Italian bottled beers to complement it.

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Inn Brief

  • Inn Brief – 3 Valleys Festival special!

    A few more pubs have confirmed their plans for the Three Valleys Festival on Saturday 6th June. All the pubs will have a free bus service running between them and railway stations at Dronfield and Dore & Totley, every 30 minutes.

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    The Dronfield Arms will have an outside bar supplied by RAW brewery featuring their beers plus guests, Nether Edge Pizza will be doing the food and there will be a live music stage outside too.

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    Barlow Brewery will be hosting a music festival in the farmyard with a Barlow beer tent, music stage and food from Moss Valley Fine Meats.

    The Shepley Spitfire at Totley will have an outside bar in the beer garden bringing the total beer choice to about 25 beers, the normal pub food menu will be in operation.

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    The Coach & Horses in Dronfield will be running a village fete theme with beer, food, music and fun in the beer garden.

    The Talbot Arms in Dronfield Woodhouse is running a ‘soul’ theme this year with soul food and soul music plus beers from Brampton Brewery.

    The Hyde Park Inn at Dronfield Hill Top plan to make the most of their beer garden with an outside bar, BBQ and music.

    The Royal Oak in Coal Aston are to open a cellar bar serving drinkers on the patio at the rear of the pub.

    The Three Tuns in Dronfield will have a large range of beer and cider plus food stalls and music, including the now famous pizza oven!

    The Green Dragon will have beer, cider and food tents in the car park with musical entertainment outdoors too.

    The Tickled Trout will have a beer tent in the car park also featuring snacks and live music.

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    The Jolly Farmer will have an extended beer range and BBQ as well as the usual pub food menu.

    The White Swan will be hosting a cider festival and BBQ in their newly refurbished outdoor drinking area.

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    The Miners Arms at Hundall will feature beers from Pictish on the bar in the main pub and a further 10 guest real ales in an inflatable pub next door. There will also be outdoor drinking in the beer garden along with Street Food including pulled pork sandwiches and burgers.

    The Miners Arms in Dronfield Woodhouse will be offering an extended selection of malt whiskies as well as beer and food.

    PC Stirling off of Emmerdale Twelve Strings

    The Castle Inn at Bradway have confirmed their musical entertainment – guitar duo Twelve Strings, once of which is Andy Moore who may be better known to some as PC Swirling on Emmerdale! The Castle will also have an outside bar showcasing a guest brewery and chef Jamie Bosworth will be cooking up American style gourmet burgers.

    Announcements are still awaited at the time of writing from the Travellers Rest.


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Campaign News

  • Brief report from the National CAMRA Members Weekend & AGM - A few of us from Sheffield & District branch spent the weekend in Nottingham for the national CAMRA Members Weekend
  • So what actually is this real ale you talk of and what is CAMRA about? - Real Ale, also known as cask conditioned beer (although is also available from bottles or key-kegs as well as casks!), is traditionally the British way of doing the best, freshest craft beer.
  • New committee, new start - The new Chairman is Andrew Cullen, editor of Beer Matters, and we also welcome some new committee members in the shape of Branch Secretary Sadie Skipworth who has recently moved to Sheffield from Norwich, Beer Festival Organiser Louise Singleton and Pubs Officer Mark Boardley.
  • Science, history and brewing at Kelham Island Industrial Museum - As it was both National Science Week and Sheffield Beer Week, it was appropriate to have a beer-themed Science event at the venue of the Sheffield CAMRA Beer Festival.
  • Make your pub an asset of Community Value - Pubs that are listed as Assets of Community Value (England only) require planning permission to be demolished or changed to any other use. In effect existing permitted development rights will be removed for pubs listed as ACVs for as long as the pub is on the local authorities list. These landmark changes can be attributed […]
  • Craft beer becomes an everyday item… but what is it? - The latest Retail Price Index (RPI) now includes ‘craft beer’. Hence, we contacted the Office for National Statistics for their definition: ‘The aim is to pick up prices for a single 500ml bottle of beer. They are not mainstream beers, are usually well packaged and are sometimes considered to be of higher quality. They must […]
  • Ah, the old sparkler question… - While downing a convivial pint with friends at one of Sheffield’s premier cask ale pubs, I was dismayed to find that while the beer was served in oversized glasses, there was an absence of the good thick creamy head which typifies (or used to typify) a pint of fine Yorkshire ale. The little head there […]
  • General Election – are you voting for pubs on May 7th? - We are now just days away from the General Election and the campaigning is well under way. It is crucial that candidates standing in our area recognise how important community pubs and real ale are to you as a potential voter. Already, 772 candidates nationally have pledged their support at the time of writing. A network […]
  • Chameleon-pub-sign-no-background-small Community Pubs Month - April is Community Pubs Month. Pubs are vital resources for their communities, offering a meeting place, providing a social hub and acting as a local landmark that can be used by all.
  • Midlands RHP 2015 cover Heritage column with Dave Pickersgill & Paul Ainsworth - Following the success of the 2014 publication, 'Yorkshire's Real Heritage Pubs : Pub Interiors of Special Historic Interest,' the latest book in the series will become available at the National CAMRA Members Weekend in Nottingham.

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